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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...rocode-updates

Intel recently announced that they have completed their validations and started to release microcode for newer CPU platforms around Spectre Variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715 (“Branch Target Injection”)). This update includes microcode updates from Intel for the following CPUs:

Product Names (CPU) Public Name CPUID Intel Microcode Update Revision Microsoft Update Standalone Package Version
Skylake H/S 6th Generation Intel Core Processor Family 506E3 0xC2 V1.001
Skylake U/Y & Skylake U23e 6th Generation Intel Core m Processors 406E3 0xC2 V1.001

Has any one tried Intel latest update?
whats the good and bad about this?
 

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Has any one tried Intel latest update?

My only Skylake system has Server 2016 Essentials on it and the CPU microcode driver isn't available for this version yet.

whats the good and bad about this?
Good:

- Fixed (probably) mitigation for Spectre variant 2.
- OS driver so you don't need to rely on firmware microcode.

Bad:

- More of a performance penalty than no mitigation.
- OS driver so microcode patch is dependent on having Windows 10 or Server 2016 build 1709 installed and patched.
 
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